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Franz Neumeier 06-28-2017 11:54 PM

unidenified word in an old interview - please help
I have received an extract from an old interview with a riverman talking about blueprints of riverboats. There is one word I simply can't identify as I haven't heard this term ever before. It sounds like "cenwheelers" or "sandwheelers" which doesn't make any sense to me.

Maybe anyone can identify what he is talking about? Here is a link to the audio file:


And that's what he's saying with som emore context than in the audio file: "That's where the word blueprint came from. The background was blue, and the designs of the ship or whatever the project was, that was in white. And so we had all of these shallow draft barges, [B][I](((cenwheelers???)))[/I][/B], sternwheelers that ..."

Thanks so much!

Judy Patsch 06-29-2017 06:24 AM

A guess
It sure sounds like cenwheelers. Could that be short for centerwheelers? There were some ferries with wheels in the center.

R. Dale Flick 06-29-2017 08:51 AM

*RE: 'Unidentified words.*
Morning, Franz,
I have to agree with Judy above with "centerwheelers" etc. I also find sleuthing old steamboat documents, letters etc. a number of words they corrupted or changed using local colloquial sayings etc. that were known then but since almost lost.

R. Dale Flick
Summer: From the northern shores of mighty Lake Michigan.

Frank X. Prudent 06-29-2017 11:31 AM

I think Judy nailed it. As stated earlier there were centerwheel ferries, such as the CITY OF BATON ROUGE. Also running down in Florida on rivers such as the St. Johns there were pint sized packets with center wheels carrying on in their trade.

Franz Neumeier 07-01-2017 07:44 AM

short for "centerwheeler" was my uneducated gues as well, so that makes four thinking the same thing. I suppose that's the answer to the question then. Thanks!

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